Christmas '16

Happy Christmahanakwanzika!

If you haven't heard, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all fall on the same day this year. According to my mom, a kinda-sorta reliable source, this hasn't happened since 1978. Regardless of which of these holidays you are celebrating, I sincerely wish you all have had a wonderful day.

I'm writing this now as I sit dangerously beside a plate of these cookies. I've just finished Christmas dinner and my sweet tooth is kicking in. Living on the edge here. And in the words of Walter White (Heisenberg), I am not in danger, I am the danger.

The past few months of 2016 have been tough on me, so getting into the holiday spirit was a little hard this year. Lucky for me, a little late night sugar cookie decorating with Sufjan Stevens cured my holiday blues. 

I poured my heart and soul into these cookies. Seriously, I don't think I have ever worked so hard on a batch of cookies. At the same time, I don't think there's any other holiday activity as therapeutic as cookie decorating. There's nothing quite like zoning out while piping on cookies with groovy tunes to keep you up past 2 am after an 8 hour closing shift at work. Unless, of course, you count the adreniline rush of putting away the ridiculously heavy outdoor patio furniture at work in the pouring rain to Spotify's Metal Christmas playlist. Now that's what I call a stress reliever.

I made these Christmas cookies using my favorite sugar cookie recipe in all the land, by I Am Baker. I baked and iced them using a royal icing fit for kings and queens. The recipe is as follows:

Royal Icing 
Yield: about 3 cups 

- 3 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
- 4 cups powdered sugar

  1. Place egg whites in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until frothy. 
  2. Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar to the egg whites. Mix on high for 6-8 minutes until the icing thickens and turns white n' shiny.
  3. Place the icing in separate bowls to color. If you want the frosting to run more for "flooding" a.k.a. filling in an outline on a cookie, then add a little bit of water to the icing and stir. 

Before this post comes to a close, I'd like to pay tribute to another fallen musical legend. George Michael, say hello to Prince & Bowie for me ♥ Let's all dance our hearts out to Wham! this New Years Eve. 

Happy Holidays!
Little Baker Jess


  1. gorgeous post. those cookies look amazing! i just want the groovy tunes playlist to be longer...

    1. Thanks Nyiko! It's a playlist in progress, so stay tuned for more...


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